The great thing about being a new blogger is that there’s no shortage of information on how to succeed as an internet entrepreneur. It’s like clockwork. How to Blog and How to Make Money Blogging blogs are everywhere and there are new ones produced everyday.
This blog even falls into those categories. So, I don’t necessarily consider it to be a bad thing. But it can definitely mislead bloggers and make them think that things are a little more simple than they really are.
There’s a problem, though.
Should new bloggers really be seeing Pat Flynn’s $40,000 monthly income reports at this point? Sure, they offer intense motivation to become an internet entrepreneur. But is it really that easy. Really?
The New Blogger Mind Trap
The first thing a new blogger wants to do is monetize his or her blog. Ads, ad space for sale, affiliate sales, blah blah blah… everyone wants to make money from their blog.
It’s almost like everything is technical and the mental aspect has nothing to do with online success. (I just said something there)
Expert bloggers teach everything they know about making money from their blogs and I definitely appreciate them for that. I do have to question, though, what level of experience is required of the reader to make the information most useful.
Can a brand new blogger “make it” by watching what the blogger gurus do? Personally, I don’t think so.
I feel that blogs like Pat Flynn’s should be read by bloggers who have already reached a certain level of understanding about being an internet entrepreneur. You have to be able to handle failure if you want to try and mimic Pat Flynn’s strategies. Because they might not work for you.
So, I’m not saying that guys like Pat aren’t great teachers. I’m saying that you need to be ready for trial and error before you follow their instructions word for word, not instant success.
If you don’t know that before stepping out on your “I can do it too” journey, you might end your blogging career before it begins.
Who Should They Follow Early On?
Well, in order to achieve anything in this cold world, you first have to believe that you can do it. Got it. We’ve gone over this before.
Last time I checked, How to Make Money blogs don’t specialize in psychology. Are they dumping information on a reader that has no foundation to stand on? Well, if the reader is brand new to blogging and entrepreneurial ways, yes.
Over the last few months, I’ve found that I get more help from encouragement than I do from lesson plans.
In other words, I’d rather you tell me that I have the ability to create the future I want than tell me how to make $500,000 a year with my blog.
Why? Because one of them depends on my performance and the other depends on someone else’s idea of what my performance should be.
The Big Money Expert Blogger Advice
When you follow the successful bloggers that love to teach you how to make money online too early in your blogging career, you set yourself up for failure, in my opinion.
They will show you what works based on their experiences. There’s nothing wrong with that. But since when does everyone have the same experiences?
Can you really duplicate someone else’s path to success? Will you have the same great opportunities that they had, when they had them?
I think not, buddy.
It just doesn’t work that way. At the very most, you can take small chunks of their tactics and apply them to your business where they fit in.
So, I seriously don’t think it’s a good idea for the new guys to try and do everything that the big dogs have done. The big dogs made mistakes and saw multiple failures before they made it big.
You need to make some mistakes of your own. Your goal as a new blogger should be to prepare for that.
The Life Coach Blogger Advice
On the other side of the success-at-blogging coin is the life coach. Everybody loves the guy who can take life’s most complex issues and break them down into easy to digest chunks of knowledge and wisdom.
I feel that these are the best bloggers to follow if you are new at blogging.
These are the guys and gals that will help you get past that first inevitable failure. It’s going to come no matter what and you need to be able to push through to the next failure.
They will teach you what it takes to keep moving forward when you’re writing for nobody (so it seems) and making absolutely no income.
They’ll show you how to enjoy your life as an internet entrepreneur and give you the courage to go at it full force instead of part-time.
These are the lessons you need if you are a new blogger. You’re not ready to hold webinars yet!
Balance Your Inspiration Sources
Don’t let the dollar signs be the motive behind your desire to be a successful blogger.
You will meet failure after failure after failure (that’s normal) and you will be crushed to the point where you believe that you can’t succeed as a blogger. You’ll probably end up quitting, not realizing that the very bloggers you were following have failed even worse and more times than you did. They just didn’t tell you about it. Or maybe they do, one out of every 25 articles.
Only go to them for a technical lesson in blogging. That’s what they specialize in.
Find out how to run a successful marketing campaign. Find out how to optimize your blog for a better reader experience.
But get your lessons and go.
Take that knowledge and mix it with the confidence and piece of mind you’ve built from the lessons learned with the life coaches.
They will teach you what you need to know to weather the storm. Things are going to get rough. If you can’t make it through those times, there isn’t a damn thing that a How to Make Money blogger can do for you.
You know what would be great? A blogger that talks about both sides: How to be a successful blogger but think positive, successful thoughts no matter what happens.
I wish I could find a blogger like that.